That’s right, I got the call today! We’re on our way to Turkey in February! I had gotten to the point where the assignment was way back in my mind because so much time had passed. It was very surprising to get just a quick phone call saying, “tag, you’re it!” Now there’s so much to do in 3 months it’s almost overwhelming: call everyone, sell the house, sell the motorcycle, sell everything else we’ve been meaning to sell. Separate the stuff: what goes on the plane with us, what goes in the small shipment, what in the large, what […]
Well, after another flight physical fiasco, I was able to make my first C-130 flight in 2 years today! It started out badly when I rushed myself and skipped a whole page of my initial briefing, but once I calmed down it went better from there. I’m still fairly rusty, but I think it will come back quickly.
Well, the final countdown starts today when the new gringos come into town. We’re picking them up at the airport this afternoon and taking them to Rota Monday to inprocess. We can’t believe that 2 years have flown by so quickly and that we’re now the ones sponsoring a new family. I’ve managed to coordinate our HHG move and the BMW shipment this week. While I’m at Rota I’ll see about setting up our travel back to the States in just eight short weeks!
Well, the US finally decided to give in on the flight physical. Turns out the Spanish actually were right the whole time, but it doesn’t explain why they’ve accepted the US flight physical for years and suddenly decided not to. Anyway, after receiving my orders from both chains of command, I took a Spanish physical yesterday. As predicted, it was no big deal, but it was wasted time nonetheless. It was a little weird doing the written and oral psych exam in Spanish, but I made it through ok. Now only 4 months until my next physical, the American one, […]
Believe it or not, this photo is now circulating through the Argentinian Air Force as an example of how not to land during the student solo. Anyone with minimal Photoshop experience will recognize it as altered. Here’s the story: In January my student had his solo ride to the sector. When he came back to land, he reportedly had a steep descent angle on final. After shutting down engines, he confirmed that he had landed with 5 G’s when the aircraft has a limit of 3.68 G’s for landing. In an attempt to not sound like an idiot, he then […]
Back in the air! e took me to work this morning, and I treated myself to a nice warm shower since we’re still without water at home. When I got out, they were looking for me in the locker room because I was on the flying schedule! Apparently the #2 man on base realized that I’m being needlessly punished by the flight physical mess, and he authorized me to fly for up to 30 days while it’s being resolved. I can’t tell you how happy I was to be able to go up again, even after such a short break. […]
Well, after all of my whining, the US came through at the last minute. I went home early yesterday because my brain was fried after 6 straight hours at the ops desk. When I got home there was an email from my commander in Germany which said that he had a copy of the NATO agreement I was looking for and that it seemed clear to him that I was right. While I was reading that email, another one came in from Madrid that said the General in charge of training had approved my flight physical and was trying to […]